LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

For more than 40 years, the Georgia Department of Administrative Services has provided dedicated service to the enterprise of state government. Our core mission is to capture operational efficiencies, ensure legal compliance, improve workforce performance and provide enterprise leadership, business services and solutions to state government.

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SID JOHNSON

Commissioner

Department of Administrative Services

Sid Johnson serves as the commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services. A veteran of Georgia state government for 19 years, Mr. Johnson previously served in various leadership roles, including administrator for the Governor's Office of Consumer Protection, director of Stimulus Accountability, and director of implementation for the Commission for A New Georgia. Other career highlights include service as a faculty member at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia and a congressional staffer in Washington D.C. Adding to his public experience, Mr. Johnson brings a private sector perspective to his duties. He was partner and general manager of The Leadership Center, a leadership development firm in Atlanta, and worked in investment banking for SunTrust Bank. Mr. Johnson earned a bachelor's degree in business from University of Tennessee and a master's degree in government administration from University of Pennsylvania.

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GWEN MIDDLETON

Executive Assistant

Department of Administrative Services

Gwen Middleton, CAP, is the Executive Assistant to the Commissioner of Department of Administrative Services (DOAS); responsible for supporting the Commissioner and his direct reports as needed, and serving as a liaison to internal and external agency customers. Prior to joining DOAS, Gwen served for nearly 30 years in various administrative support roles in the private sector and for non-profit organizations. Most recently, she was an administrative assistant to the Church of the Apostles Director of Women’s Ministry. She also worked for locally owned businesses, and in retail and commercial banking.

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GINA TIEDEMANN

Deputy Commissioner

Operations

Gina Tiedemann, CPM, serves as the Deputy Commissioner of Operations, which includes Risk Management Services, Office of Fleet Management, Surplus Property, and Administration. Prior to serving in this role, Ms. Tiedemann was the Director of Customer Advocacy for the State Purchasing Division. Prior to joining DOAS, Ms. Tiedemann served as the Team Georgia Connection Director at the Georgia Technology Authority (GTA). Prior to that, she was the GeorgiaNet Division Director at GTA. Ms. Tiedemann has worked for the state of Georgia in various leadership capacities since 1984. Ms. Tiedemann earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management Science from the University of Georgia.

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LISA EASON

Deputy Commissioner

State Purchasing

Lisa Eason serves as Deputy Commissioner of Procurement. A 20-year veteran of the State of Georgia, she previously worked as the assistant commissioner of administration, executive director of administrative services and director of accounting for the Technical College System of Georgia. She also served as an accounting manager for the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance and an auditor for the Department of Audits and Accounts. An experienced leader with a wealth of knowledge in budget and finance, purchasing, support services and accounting operations, Ms. Eason earned a Bachelor's degree in accounting from the State University of West Georgia, and a Master's from the University of West Georgia.

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CANDY SARVIS

Deputy Commissioner

Human Resources Administration

Candy Sarvis serves as Deputy Commissioner of Human Resources Administration, a division of the Department of Administrative Services created on July 1, 2012. Prior to joining DOAS, she served as Interim Commissioner and Director of Legal Services for the State Personnel Administration. Ms. Sarvis began her public sector career at the Department of Corrections where she served over a number of years as Assistant Counsel, Supervising Counsel, Acting Assistant General Counsel and HR Director. She has served Georgians in the public sector for eight years, focusing exclusively in public employment matters. Ms. Sarvis has a B.S. in economics from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

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REBECCA SULLIVAN

Assistant Commissioner and General Counsel

Legal

Rebecca Sullivan joined DOAS in May 2014 as Assistant Commissioner and General Counsel. Sullivan is responsible for the legal department and all legal matters affecting the state’s enterprise procurement, risk management, human resources, fleet management and surplus property business units. Prior to joining DOAS, Sullivan practiced law with the Political Law Group, a Chalmers LLC, served as a policy advisor and executive counsel to Governor Sonny Perdue, and practiced labor and employment law with Elarbee, Thompson in Atlanta. She is a “Double Dawg,” having earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia and a JD from the UGA School of Law.

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SEAN CASEY

Assistant Commissioner

Government Affairs, Communications and Marketing

Sean Casey serves as the Assistant Commissioner of Government Affairs and Communications, which includes legislative affairs, media relations, internal and external communication and marketing functions. Prior to joining DOAS, Mr. Casey was the Assistant Deputy Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Revenue where he oversaw communication and legislative affairs. He also served as Deputy Director at the Office of Planning and Budget (OPB) and Deputy COO for Governor Nathan Deal. Prior to working for the State he worked in sales and advertisement for local media affiliates in Atlanta. Mr. Casey holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Hiram College in Ohio.

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ROBERT BENDER

Director

DOAS Human Resources

Bob Bender serves as Director of Human Resources for DOAS, and has over 20 years of senior HR leadership experience in private industry supporting high tech, financial services, consulting services, and business services environments. Prior to joining DOAS, he served as the Regional Vice President for HudsonMann a Human Resource Outsourcing firm. Mr Bender earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Ohio University, and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Executive MBA program at Georgia State University. He also is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resource.

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WADE DAMRON

Director

Risk Management Services

Wade Damron joined DOAS in August 2014 as the Risk Management Services Division Director. He has a wealth of experience in the risk management and insurance field from his time as a consultant, Sr. Vice President of Corporate Services for United Health Services, Inc., and corporate risk manager for Speedway Group where he developed and implemented safety programs. Mr. Damron is a graduate of the University of Georgia where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in risk management and insurance. He is a member of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), Public Risk and Insurance Management Association (PRIMA), and State Risk and Insurance Management Association (STRIMA).

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STEVE EKIN

Director

Surplus Property

Steve Ekin serves as the Director of the Surplus Property Division. Prior to joining DOAS, Mr. Ekin was the Director of Operations for an international import company where he was responsible for daily operations and logistics of a high volume distribution/manufacture facility. Mr. Ekin earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and is a Certified Professional Property Administrator from the National Property Management Association. He is retired from the US Coast Guard.

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ED FINNEGAN

Director

Fleet Management

Ed Finnegan serves as the Director of Office of Fleet Management. Prior to joining DOAS full time, Mr. Finnegan was a contractor setting up the in-house Auto Liability Program. Since joining the state, he has overseen the Report My Driving Program, created two safety/coverage videos viewed by over 65,000 state employees, revamped the Recovery Program, and supervised the Indemnification Program as well as the Unemployment Program. Mr. Finnegan has a bachelor's degree from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY and has spent nearly 40 years involved in Risk Management and Fleet issues.

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MIRNA BARKER

Director of Enterprise Learning

Administration

Mirna Barker joined DOAS on March 1, 2016 as the Director of Enterprise Learning. Prior to rejoining the agency, she worked for Dearborn Advisors as a Director of Education and Training and served as DOAS’s Chief Learning Officer. Ms. Barker has extensive experience in developing and driving training and education strategies; design, development and implementation of training and certification programs; and development and implementation of project management tools and processes. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Universidad Centro Occidental University, a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Georgia.

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DARRYL MITCHELL

Director

Strategic Sourcing

Darryl Mitchell serves as the Director of Strategic Sourcing for the State Purchasing Division and is a member of Department of Administrative Services' leadership team. Mr. Mitchell previously served as the Group Category Manager for Infrastructure within the division after joining DOAS following 20 years of service in the United States Air Force. During his tenure in the Air Force, he held several positions of responsibility within the contracting and audit career fields and brings over 18 years of strategic sourcing experience to the position. Mr. Mitchell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Tuskegee University and a Masters of Business Administration from Georgia College and State University. Mr. Mitchell is a C.P.M, G.C.P.A and also holds an Advanced/Senior Level Contracts Management Professional Certification from the Department of Defense.

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JOHN THOMASON

Director

Cards Program

Taking the reins of managing Georgia’s travel, fuel and purchasing card programs is John Thomason, who began managing the new state cards program on August 1, 2011. A member of State Purchasing for nearly five years, many are familiar with his important impact as category manager in the Infrastructure and Services groups, as well as interim group category manager in Goods. Described by Strategic Sourcing Director Darryl Mitchell as “a great consensus builder and ambassador for DOAS, who consistently steps up to challenging assignments and delivers quality results that satisfy customer needs,” John has more than 18 years of public and private sector procurement experience. Moreover, there are many successful, cost avoiding statewide contracts to his credit, including an automated license and information system contract with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) — a contract that efficiently and effectively changed the way hunting, fishing and boating licenses are purchased across the state. John has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Auburn University and is an Institute for Supply Management’s Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM).

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KATY TOWNSEND

Director

Policy and Compliance

Katy Townsend serves as Director of Policy and Compliance within DOAS’ Human Resources Administration Division. This division provides statewide Human Resources policy consultation, maintains the rules of the State Personnel Board, conducts statewide Human Resources auditing, and manages the state’s substance abuse testing, Reduction-in-Force, and Medical and Physical Examination Programs. Prior to joining the Human Resources Administration, Katy served as DOAS’ Chief Policy and Employee Relations Officer. With more than 20 years of state service, Katy has worked in various Human Resources roles with the former Department of Human Resources, Department of Labor, and Department of Administrative Services, concentrating primarily in policy and employee relations. A graduate of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., Katy holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification.

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NICOLE LONG

Director

Compensation and Benefits

Nicole Long serves as the Compensation and Benefits Director for the DOAS HRA Division, and has worked in a variety of HR roles in the private and public sectors over the course of nearly 30 years. She has deep compensation knowledge and experience, including general HR program knowledge, and policy, compliance, and leadership experience from her former role as an HR Director. Nicole holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Wesleyan College and a Master's degree w it h a focus in HR and Organizational Development from Georgia State University.

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McCALL GINSBERG

Deputy General Counsel

Legal

McCall Ginsberg joined DOAS in June 2014 as Deputy General Counsel. Prior to joining DOAS, Ms. Ginsberg Served as Assistant Legal Counsel and directed contracting and procurement functions for the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority. She served as Legal Aide to the Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives during the 2001 and 2002 legislative sessions. Ms. Ginsberg is a “Double Dawg,” having earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia and a JD from the UGA School of Law.

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GERALD SCHAEFER

Director of Audits and Recovery

Legal

Gerald Schaefer joined DOAS in June 2015 as Director of Audits and Recovery. He is responsible for cost recovery audits and administrative fee reviews. Prior to joining DOAS, Mr. Schaefer worked as a performance auditor in the Georgia Department of Audits, and as an internal auditor for the City of Atlanta Auditor’s Office, and for the Georgia Department of Education. He has over 20 years of auditing experience and holds the following professional certifications: certified public accountant, certified internal auditor, certified fraud examiner, certified information systems auditor, and certified government auditing professional. Mr. Schaefer earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia.

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PAULETTE PETTY

Chief Financial Officer

Accounting / Budget / Procurement

Paulette Petty serves as the Chief Financial Officer for DOAS. Prior to joining DOAS, Ms. Petty held the position of Assistant Director of Fiscal Services for the Department of Human Resources where she oversaw all fiscal functions. She has 14 years experience working with State agencies in the field of finance. During her service to DOAS, Ms. Petty has helped establish the development of a new state agency, Georgia Aviation Authority, and directed efforts to improve internal controls and financial reporting. Paulette earned a Mansfield Business College Diploma in Business Administration/Accounting, a B.S. in Accounting from DeVry University and a M.B.A. from Keller Graduate School of Management.

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JOHN BARMANN

Chief Information Officer

Information Technology

John Barmann serves as Chief Information Officer of Information Technology for DOAS. He is an experienced leader with a strong background in both technology and business management. He has spent the majority of his 18 years in the IT field identifying the technology needs for organizations, designing solutions, and managing delivery. John has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Cleveland State University and has certifications in both Six Sigma and ITIL.

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KRISTINE SPLIETH

Deputy Chief Information Officer

Information Technology

Kristine Splieth serves as Deputy Chief Information Officer of Information Technology for business integration for DOAS. She has over 25 years of experience with a background in both technology applications and business management for both healthcare and government entities. She has spent the majority of her 25 years in the IT field identifying the functional needs for organizations, designing solutions, and managing delivery and adoption. Kris has a Bachelor of Science degree of Nursing from the University of Wisconsin.

 
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